Anna Friel was Ifans' neighbour

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 July 2011
Anna Friel

Anna Friel

Anna Friel - who is dating Rhys Ifans - has revealed she and the Welsh actor knew each other for a long time before embarking on a romance as they had homes near one another in Spain

Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans own homes beside each other in Spain.

The couple have known each other for years but only started dating last year after the 'Pushing Daisies' actress split from her partner of 10 years David Thewlis - who is the father of her six-year-old daughter Gracie - and Anna loves spending time with her new love out of the spotlight.

She said: "We both have houses in the same part of Spain. We have done for years - I put every penny from 'Pushing Daisies' into renovating a 300-year-old house out there - but we didn't really know each other then. But really, I think I'm giving too much detail.

"He won't talk about [the relationship] at all. Because if you don't keep something private for you, your life 's a reality programme. We go to a little pub or camping to Wales. I won't put myself in that position because I want to keep my private life private."

Anna is smitten with Rhys and revealed she also admires his career choices.

She said: "I've heard he's incredible on stage, he makes such brilliant choices and I'm like 'What the hell is he going to do next?' "

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